Northland Region Corrections Facility

Northland Region Corrections Facility is located near Ngawha in the upper North Island.

It was one of four new prisons that opened between 2005 and 2007 and is designed quite differently to traditional prisons.

A highly secure perimeter fence encloses a large open space containing a range of separate buildings for accommodation and services.

Contact details

Phone: (09) 401 5800

Postal address:
PO Box 727
Kaikohe 0440

Physical address:
Ohaeawai Rd
State Highway 12
Kaikohe 0473
(about 5 minutes east of Kaikohe)

General information

Prisoner capacity: 548
Types of prisoners: Minimum to high security men
Year established: 2005

Offender training

Activity Capacity Description
Carpentry Training Workshop 18

The workshop based Carpentry training programmes provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects of introductory carpentry and construction to develop the skills,
knowledge, and attitudes to enter the construction industry. The main course project is the construction of a partial or complete house.

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Building, Construction, and Allied
    Trade Skills Level 2.
  • Certificate in Elementary Construction Level 3.
Forestry Training Workshop 10

The workshop based Forestry training programme provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects providing an introduction to the skills, knowledge, and attitudes
needed to enter the Forestry industry. Prisoners work with chainsaws to cut and process logging to develop the required skills.

  • Provides a pathway into: Forestry work parties employment.

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Forestry Level 2.
Painting Training Workshop 15

The workshop based Painting training programme provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects providing an introduction to the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to enter the Painting industry. Prisoners undertake commercial painting projects in order to demonstrate their skills.

  • Provides a pathway into: Asset Maintenance Employment.

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Painting Level 3.
Automotive Training
Workshop
15

The workshop based Automotive training programme provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects providing an introduction to the skills, knowledge, and attitudes
needed to enter the employment in garages and the automotive industry. Prisoners work with project vehicles to demonstrate their skills.

Currently delivering:

  • Certificate in Automotive Servicing Level 2.

Offender Employment

Activity Capacity Description
Kitchen 45 Kitchen prisoners are employed under supervision of Offender Employment Instructors to provide the prison population with three nutritional meals a day from a national menu. Prisoners also learn additional skills within the commercial catering environment and meal distribution. All areas of prison catering operate under an approved food safety programme. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Cookery Level 2 and 3.
Laundry 10 The laundry provides commercial laundry services to the Prison and contract work for external clients as required. Prisoners process, clean, dry press, and distribute laundry products. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Laundry Washroom Procedures Level 1.
Asset
Maintenance
14

Asset Maintenance work parties clean, maintain, and paint Corrections buildings and facilities.
Prisoners wash down, prepare, and paint corrections buildings exterior and interior including working at heights. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Painting Level 3, transitioning to the National Certificate in Painting and Decorating Level 4 in June 2014.

Grounds
Maintenance
38 Grounds Maintenance work parties maintain and beautify Corrections land assets through cleaning, mowing, trimming, planting and maintaining gardens. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 (and above).
Contract
Work Parties
8 Contract Work Parties provide a range of services to local government, councils, charities, and iwi to support community engagement projects through providing skilled and unskilled labour to construction, forestry, planting, cleaning, and other projects. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job health and safety.